What is PBIS?

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    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS improves social emotional competence, academic success, and school climate. It also improves teacher health and wellbeing. It is a way to create positive, predictable, equitable and safe learning environments where everyone thrives. Schools implementing PBIS:

    • Use a continuum of evidence-based practices to support student needs

    • Engage students, families, and community members to co-create culturally responsive practices

    • Regularly check the effectiveness of their practices

    • Rely on teams to guide implementation

    • Use data to identify strengths, uncover needs, and monitor student progress

    • Implement universal screening

    • Develop content expertise through coaching and on-going professional development


    The purpose of PBIS in the Anchorage School District is to create connections and foster healthy relationships that enable students to develop the social emotional learning skills necessary to be ready for college, career, and life.  We do this by providing a consistent, positive, predictable, and safe place for every individual to learn and grow.


    PBIS is not a curriculum you purchase or something you learn during a one-day professional development training. It is an ongoing commitment to supporting students, educators, and families through systems change. When you implement PBIS well, students experience improved behavioral, social, emotional, and academic outcomes; schools and programs reduce their use of exclusionary discipline practices and improve their overall climate. In ASD, we intentionally use our “Wellness” perspective to ensure that PBIS is culturally sustaining and trauma engaged in order to meet the needs of ALL of our students. You can also learn more in this ASD video.

Tiered PBIS Framework